Round the world delays?
In 1963, Autosport was pretty quick off the mark. As soon as Eric Jackson and Ken Chambers returned from their epic drive round the world, Fort Motor Company sent out its press releases and presumably the PR people were straight on the phone to Autosport which was, and remains, the source for motorsport news. If you click the image above, you’ll see a larger version of the report.
If you happened to be at London Airport at midnight, 2nd. September, you might well have wondered what to make of a car, shrouded in wraps, that was being loaded onto Pan American flight 161 bound for New York. It was, in fact, a perfectly standard Fort Corsair, registration number 590 UOO, at the time unnannounced to the general public. This was the beginning of a 29,991 mile drive round the world and it was to last a mere 43 days! The trip was the fastest of its kind and it would have been achieved quicker still had it not been for several frustrating customs delays.
Oh, it was customs’ delays, was it? Hehe, I have the advantage. I was brought up being told about the marathon drives and of course, I have had the
damn job pleasant task of editing my dad’s memoirs.
Naturally, I’m not going to give the game away – I very much hope that you’ll be reading the book soon – but believe me, customs delays weren’t the problem at all. And until now, my dad hasn’t really been able to make the truth public. Buuuuuuuut it’s all in the book!
I have a lot of books and cuttings that feature the various trips, all with my dad’s little hand-wriiten side notes. The most common one says ‘bullshit’. One was:
Jackson, who was not only the owner of a Ford dealership in Barnsley but was a long-time member of the Ford Rally Team didn’t even blink. He and fellow-Yorkshireman Ken Chambers had tackled this sort of thing before.
My dad’s comment was “Ken would turn in his grave if he knew he’d been called a Yorkshireman!”